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Name of Event: Transforming Present Grid to the Future
Date of Event:3rd May 2018
Location and Venue of Event: Main Auditorium, NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan
Organizing Body: IEEE PES NEDUET Chapter
IEEE Section: IEEE Karachi Section

Guest Speakers:

  • M. Abdur Rehman, Power System Consultant, Siemens
  • M. Uzair Khurshid, Senior Protection Engineer, Siemens
  • M. Shakir Fatah, Power System Consultant, Siemens
  • M. Qayyum Farooqui, Operation Engineer, K-Electric
  • Touqeer Ahmed, Siemens Germany
  • Talha Ali Qasmi, Project Engineer, Siemens

Event Summary

On 3rd May 2018, IEEE PES NEDUET Chapter, in collaboration with Electrical Engineering Department, successfully organized a one-day certified technical seminar, “Transforming Present Grid to the Future”. Guest speakers from various industries, with a wide range of experience, were invited to provide a valuable insight of industrial practices in the field of Electrical Networks to students as to give them a glimpse of what practical world holds.

In the opening speech, Dr. Professor Saad Ahmed Qazi, Dean of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), welcomed the honorable guests and stressed upon the importance of industry-academia linkage and the need to inculcate it into the future engineers.

The first speaker of the event, Engr. M. Abdur Rehman majorly talked about power system planning, discussing network configuration, short circuit calculations and cable dimensioning. He further elaborated the concept of converting Data into knowledge, emphasizing on the very need of adopting digitalization though various everyday examples, engaging the audience. Engr. M. Uzair Khurshid, in light of his vast experience, focused on HVDC classic and explained the various units of HVDC substation in Brazil through visual aid. Following him, Engr. M. Shakir Fatah discussed in detail the different type of faults and various protection devices used in power systems while Engr. M. Qayyum Farooqui highlighted the energy situation of Pakistan and the need to realize the capability of its alternate sources of energy, supported by recommended investment and smart policy-making. Engr. Touqeer Ahmed discussed the startup and loading of the feed water cycle system in turbine generators and its operational concerns and practices while Engr. Talha Ali Qasmi underlined the procedures and practices of HV Grid construction in the professional grounds focusing on budget, surveys, network study, evaluations, contract, planning, execution, acceptance and all the various steps to finalizing a respective project. The lectures were followed by a question and answer session, an opportunity for the audience to engage with the industrial expertise.

Dr. Muhammad Ali Memon, Chairperson IEEE PES Karachi Section, concluded the seminar with his closing speech; implying his endless support and participation in any such technical events for future which may contribute to the link between field and academics. In the end, tokens of appreciation was presented to the guest speakers and faculty involved in the execution of the event while the volunteers were praised for their dedication. Finally, the highlight of the event was the “Celebration of IEEE PES Day” and “5 Years Anniversary Celebrations of IEEE PES NEDUET Chapter”, along with some notable PES NED Alumni.